Local Legislative Races on National Radar

Three Montana legislative races are garnering national attention.  National Democrats announced today that legislative contests in Great Falls, Bozeman, and Lake County are among the sixty races that are key battlegrounds for state legislatures across the United States.

The spotlight is on these key races:

Franke Wilmer v. Tom Burnett in Bozeman

Rep. Franke Wilmer served as House Speaker pro tempore and finishing second in this year’s Democratic primary for Congress.

Wilmer’s opponent is Rep. Tom Burnett, a TEA Party crackpot running on a platform of cutting food for hungry kids in need.  His ridiculous “report,”Hunger in America: The Myth, “calls for an end to food assistance programs and offers such advice to needy parents as ‘No whining,’ ‘Gather wild berries,’ and in a moment of unintended irony, ‘Expect occasional hunger.’”


Janna TaylorNancy Lindsey v. Janna Taylor in Lake County

Democrat Nancy Lindsey, who co-founded a successful software company, will likely make job creation a top issue in this campaign. Taylor, is a TEA Party Republican who claims to oppose government spending.

She’s also the number one recipient of government farm subsidy cash in the Montana Legislature.



Cyndi Baker (left) and Rep. Cleve Loney R-Great Falls (right)Tom Jacobson v. Cleve Loney in Great Falls

Democrat Tom Jacobson was the Executive Director of Rural Dynamics for ten years.   The organization promotes the “economic security of Montana’s working class.”

Jacobson is running against TEA Party loon Cleve Loney. Cleve is quite fond of costumes, as you can see from these pictures.  Loney’s platform seems to involve something about the Constitution, though it’s not clear what.

“That’s what we have to do – we have to keep it in check to where they keep the Constitution where it belongs. They are trying to shred it and we’re going to stop that because this country is founded on the Constitution and our founding fathers have a reason for putting it the way they did – limited government.”

You can read the full 2012 Essential Races list here. 

10 Comments on "Local Legislative Races on National Radar"

  1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 12, 2012 6:58 PM at 6:58 PM |

    Now is the time for all good Pubbies to come to the aid of their country! This is a matter of pride! This is a matter of honor! This is a matter of PATRIDIOTISM!
    So, put on your best drag outfit like Cleve Looney has done, and answer the call! SHOW the rest of the world what you got, or DON’T got! Let the world KNOW that we’re number one! We’re number one! We’re number ONE…… one inch, baby! Show’em just what GOT under that drag queen look, Cleve! Is it a yellow ribbon, or a BLUE ribbon tied on the end of your prize winning WING ding!


    Don’t be shy, fellas. Step right on UP! Lookin’ at Cleve Looney in drag you just KNOW that he’s gotta be a serious contender!


  2. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 12, 2012 7:25 PM at 7:25 PM |

    “The power to define the situation is the ultimate power”, Jerry Rubin.

    THIS is something Pubert Mudoch knows all about! Hence, more bullshit over nothing. WHERE THE HELL IS THE PRESS?


  3. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 13, 2012 6:18 AM at 6:18 AM |

    Boy is THIS refreshing! Every once in awhile I come across something that is SO perfect as an antidote to the insanity of Fundiwackmentalist christianity, that I’m astounded in its relevance. I offer up this gentleman. It’s a great read, and renews my faith in the possibilites of religion. It’ll be a sad day when the christofascists are allowed to kill off christianity in this country, especially intellectual christianity.


  4. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 13, 2012 8:18 AM at 8:18 AM |

    UH oh! The Kockh’s outta the bag! What a freakin’ MOORE’ON these Big Kockhs are! Gotta be inbreds!


  5. Thanks for pointing out these key races, Cowgal. We have a couple in Missoula County, IMHO. House District 99’s Kimberly Dudik v. Gary “Bazookas for Babies” Marbut. Marbut’s also known for his efforts to get rid of any campaign finance laws on the books (he was a plaintiff in the case that overturned the century-old ban on corporations contributing directly to candidates). Then there’s HD 100’s “Champ” Edmunds v. Dave Andrews. “Champ” served the tea party well in the last legislative session and is also a huge anti-choice, anti-environment, anti-campaign finance reform guy.

    • Hi Pete – It would be great to win these seats. How are the campaigns going?

      • HD 100 is Missoula’s toughest district for Democrats and Edmunds is the incumbent. It’s going to be close. HD 99 tends to be pretty progressive and it’s an open seat, so Kimberly should take it, but Marbut has name recognition, albeit whacky. Marbut’s raised a good chunk of change, too, and knows how to campaign. This race really scares me.

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